First Look: Animation Test Footage from Genndy Tartakovsky's 'Popeye'

September 18, 2014
Source: Sony Pictures Animation


Sony Pictures Animation isn't slated to release their adaptation of the classic cartoon Popeye into theaters until sometime in 2016. But that's not stopping the studio and director Genndy Tartakovsky from giving audiences their first look at the spinach-eating sailor and his computer animated feature film. Some animation test footage has just surfaced online, but rather than this just being a leak or a random bit of footage from the movie, it's all part of a lovely little featurette that shows how Tartakovsky has always been fascinated with Popeye. We get to see sketches, storyboards and more. It's a nice introduction. Watch now!

Here's the featurette and animation test footage for Genndy Tartakovsky's Popeye from Sony:

Popeye is directed by Genndy Tartakovsky (Hotel Transylvania, "Dexter's Laboratory") and written by David Ronn & Jay Scherick (The Smurfs, Zookeeper, Norbit). The film is an adaptation of the classic cartoon sailor Popeye, created by E.C. Segar, which debuted in the established "Thimble Theater" comic strip in 1929. The character was introduced as a walk-on, but became a comic star, blossoming into a cartoon hero in the 1930s and 1940s. Now Popeye gets his own computer animated film from Sony Pictures Animation. No voice cast has been announced, and there's no set release date yet, but it's expected to arrive sometime in 2016.

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What great animation. So cool to see them going for an old school 2D exaggerated style with 3D. As an animator, I'm jealous.

David Diaz on Sep 18, 2014


Now you know why they (govt) want to limit immigration. Corrupt crony capitalists dont want people like Gendy to come in and compete with their monopolies, so they tell their politician shills to block them. Cesar Millan is another example. He had to sneak in to bypass the draconian immigration restrictions.

Michael P. Shipley on Sep 18, 2014


I know what you're thinking. Robin Williams.

Michael P. Shipley on Sep 18, 2014


Am not surprised on how terrible and corny this looks. Can we just get a more darker and serious version of Popeye in the style of Nolan's Batman? I know being cheesy was Popeyes thing but the nostalgia from that has already worn off and the audience today like myself is in need of something different not same old boring style. This is a perfect example of how stuck on old ways you can get with this Popeye test footage. Do something new and something original. Like I said a dark and gritty more realistic Popeye set in modern day would be amazing if they put their minds to it. They can elevate Popeye in terms of movie level from Batman & Robin to Batman Begins. By giving the same amount of corny and cheesy humor it is just taking away a major audience. Also apologizes if my comment is taken harshly, I do have respect for Tartakovsky and he is a great animator, but I feel this just doesn't have any appeal at all in this day and age.

Stephen Ritchie on Sep 18, 2014


I actually agree with you, ad I'm a huge fan of Popeye. There needs to be some shift in how he's viewed. What's his motivation? Does he have a personal life mission? I couldn't watch 2 hours of what was just shown.

Quanah on Sep 18, 2014


I know right. Its like they made this for kids or something.................. Jesus christ

Josef Saltpeppaketchup Woods on Sep 18, 2014


Jesus was in that test footage? Weird. Never saw it.

Quanah on Sep 18, 2014


Couldn't disagree with you more tbh, Popeye is a legend on his own and what makes him this is the story and background that goes along with him, my kids love the old Tom and Jerry but hate the new updated one. I think old movies and cartoons should be treated like listed buildings, protected and kept safe from what I like to call "The Holywood treatment" so far they have ruined a great number of old classics which is a damn travesty in my humble opinion. The test footage looks great, and I'm looking forward to the final result sometime in 2016

Beard2bfeared on Sep 19, 2014


This is just a test. Maybe the movie would take, in some point, some dark and serious tone like Samurai Jack and Clone Wars. I think this looks great so far. Looks very old school, like the old Popeye cartoons.

Miguel Garay Boszeta on Sep 20, 2014


Damn this looks fabulous. Genndy is fucking living legend in my book. His work is some of the favorite animated stuff. SAMURAI JACK needs a comeback.

DAVIDPD on Sep 18, 2014


The Olive Oyl design rips off Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 terribly. I'm not crazy about this trend of revisiting the Minnie Mouse squiggly arms fashion.

txJM on Sep 19, 2014


I, too, would like a darker Popeye. But where this is going to suck....written by the people who wrote "The Smurfs", "Zookeeper" and "Norbit". Ugh!

FilmFan on Sep 19, 2014

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